Today, Filipinos and other workers around the world are celebrating Labor Day. As a tribute to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and the Filipino workingmen in general, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony in San Fernando, Pampanga for the first ever OFW hospital.
2018 is now a has-been. Celebrations are over. Holiday vacations have come to an end. Most working people are going back to work or have gone back to work already. Students will soon be back to school and finish another school year. In what seems to be a brief moment, we all conquered 2018 and are now facing a brand new year.
The main reason why one becomes an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) is to provide a better life for his/her family. This translates to sacrificing the freedom that living in the Philippines entails, which includes spending time with loved ones for as long as a Filipino desires to. This also means having to endure endless lonely nights and going home every day to a place that he/she would never consider a permanent home. Ultimately, the saddest truth that haunts an OFW is not being able to celebrate important occasions with the family, specifically Christmas and New Year.
Christmas for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) is definitely a blue Christmas especially if they cannot go home for a holiday vacation. Imagine being alone in a foreign land while your loved ones in the Philippines have a lot of family reunion memories to share? Can you even picture coming home to an empty apartment on Christmas Eve where your only resort to happiness is your laptop that has an Internet connection?
Do you have an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) relative or friend? How many times have you heard him or her mention the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)? Can you differentiate what these two agencies do, or are you as confused as the rest? This week’s blog post will help you know the difference between these two agencies. But first, let’s get to know more about the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).